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Artcurial adds Bugatti in the barn to les Champs sale

Bugatti Brescia spent 40 years in storage
Bugatti Brescia spent 40 years in storage

As usual, the French have a word for it. In this case, you might call it an encore, the addition of a barn-found Bugatti Brescia to the docket for Artcurial Motorcars eighth Automobiles sur les Champs auction to be held June 22 in Paris.

Artcurial stunned the classic car world last year with the discovery and sale of 59 barn-found vehicles from the Baillon Collection. Earlier this week we reported on the upcoming les Champs sale. But now Artcurial reports that the sale will, indeed, include a barn-found gem.

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Early Aston Martin luxury four-seater offered at Silverstone sale

1937 Aston Martin 15/98 2L Long-Chassis Tourer one of only 24 built | Silverstone Auctions photos
1937 Aston Martin 15/98 2L Long-Chassis Tourer one of only 24 built | Silverstone Auctions photos

A 1937 Aston Martin 15/98 2L Long-Chassis Tourer, an example of the company’s original luxury-class four-seat touring car, will be offered for sale May 23 at the May Sale by Silverstone Auctions. The auction will be held at the Silverstone racing circuit in England. Continue reading

Rally Historico Transpeninsular out to recapture historic days

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Classic Mustang participating in the Rally | Photos courtesy of Michael Satterfield, thegentlemanracer.com

“The reason for the classic car focus is to create an event that recaptures the lost days of road racing,” said Michael Satterfield, editor of thegentlemanracer.com  who will be racing in a 1962 Austin Healy in the Rally Historico Transpeninsular, a 1700-kilometer rally June 19-21 from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Satterfield is also involved in the production of the rally. Continue reading

1964 Pontiac Banshee concept going to auction

The 1964 Pontiac Banshee previewed future GM styling trends | Dragone Auction
The 1964 Pontiac Banshee previewed future GM styling trends | Dragone Auction

One of the most-famous what-might-have-been tales in General Motors history is that of the 1964 Pontiac Banshee concept car. The stylishly aerodynamic and lightweight fiberglass sports car, code-named XP-833, was designed under the guidance of the visionary John Z. DeLorean, then head of the Pontiac division, as a modestly priced competitor to Ford’s wildly successful Mustang. Continue reading

Auburn sales totals drop far from 2014 numbers

Ford GTXi TT Spyder tops Auction America's Auburn Spring sale | Auctions America photos
Ford GTXi TT Spyder tops Auction America’s Auburn Spring sale | Auctions America photos

Auctions America’s annual Auburn Spring sale reported more than $5.5 million in transactions last weekend, with 77 percent of 350 vehicles going to new owners. However, those figures were well off the mark compared to the same sale last year, when 760 cars were offered and totals reached a record $19.1 million with nearly 83 percent selling. Continue reading

Artcurial preparing for post-barn found Paris auction

1966 Alpine raced twice at Le Mans | Artcurial Motorcars photos
1966 Alpine raced twice at Le Mans | Artcurial Motorcars photos

So what do you do after you stage a record-breaking Retromobile auction featuring the Baillon Collection of 59 barn-found vehicles? If you’re Artcurial Motorcars, you get ready for your annual Automobiles sur les Champs sale at the historic Theatre du Rond-Point on the Champs Elysees in the center of Paris, where some 70 classic cars will be offered up for bidding on June 22. Continue reading

Colton Ferrari sale to benefit British lifesavers

Proceeds from sale of 275GTB/4 and 250 GT earmarked for new lifesaving boat | H&H Classics photos
Proceeds from sale of 275GTB/4 and 250 GT earmarked for new lifesaving boat | H&H Classics photos

Two classic Ferraris from the estate of British collector Richard Colton will be offered at the H&H Classics auction October 14 at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, with proceeds earmarked for England’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Colton’s requested that the money generated by the cars’ sale be used to build a new lifeboat for the volunteer life-saving crews that work the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Continue reading

Bonhams annual Aston Works auction sets record

All-original but project-car Aston Martin sells for $468,415 at Bonhams sale | Bonhams photos
All-original but project-car Aston Martin sells for $468,415 at Bonhams sale | Bonhams photos

The 16th annual Aston Martin Works Sale by Bonhams was the largest yet with a record $15,875,314 in transactions Saturday, with two cars selling for more than $2 million each. Those were a 1966 DB5 convertible in Vantage specification that brought $2,350,090 and a 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage convertible that sold for $2,332,827 (prices include buyer’s fees.) Continue reading